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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Soil Sample Archive is a database of information describing soil and sediment samples collected in support of USGS science. Samples in the archive have been registered with International Generic Sample Numbers, relabeled with bar-coded sample labels, and repacked in containers for long-term preservation. Details of sample collection location, collection date, associated datasets, mass of remaining sample, storage locations, and other relevant information are tabulated here so that interested parties may identify associated datasets and search, sort, and gain access to archived samples.
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The Core Research Center (CRC) was established in 1974 by the USGS to preserve valuable samples of the Earth’s subsurface for use by scientists and educators representing government, industry, and academia. The CRC collections include full-diameter rock cores, slabbed cores (cut in half longitudinally), well cuttings, thin sections, and associated analytical data. A majority of the material was donated to the CRC by private industrial companies, although some cores and cuttings were collected by the USGS and other government agencies. Rock cores were collected from roughly 9,500 drilled borehole locations representing approximately 610,000 meters (2 million feet) of subsurface strata in 35 states. Many of the boreholes...
Authorized by Congress in 1879, the US Geological Survey (USGS) Library is recognized as one of the world’s largest Earth and natural science libraries, providing services, collections, and expertise that are essential to the USGS mission and the global geoscience community. The USGS Library is a multisite, centralized library, providing bureau-wide access to scholarly journals and research support services to USGS employees around the nation. An important role of the USGS Library is the preservation of its unique physical collections, ensuring continued access for future generations.
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Earl Edward Brabb spent his 40-year career with the U.S.Geological Survey carrying out a number of scientific investigations with a focus on natural hazards. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 maps and reports. During his career with USGS, Earl E. Brabb produced multiple fieldbooks dating back to 1957. His fieldbooks are currently being scanned and converted to PDFs.
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This collection contains 2,456 botanical specimens. The majority of the specimens were collected from Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Idaho, and Alaska in the 1950s through 1970s. Dr. H. T. Shacklette was the major curator and contributor during that time. The collection was transferred to the USGS from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 1996 when the unit that would become the Biological Resources Division became part of the USGS. The collection was accessioned as USGS museum property in 2005. It is housed at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Herbarium, where it is integrated with the rest of the Herbarium's collection. The specimens are curated, and their use is managed, by...
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The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world; mostly from Antarctica and Greenland. The NICL is funded by the NSF Division of Polar Programs and operated by the USGS; and the NICL’s science operations are managed by the University of New Hampshire. NICL provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for future investigations. The NICL was established in 1993 and is located at the Denver Federal Center, in Denver, Colorado. The NICL’s primary...
This collection consists of eastern screech owls that were hatched at the Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC) for research purposes. They are no longer needed for USGS research purposes, so they have been transferred to the Goshawk Society. All of the owls have lived their lives in captivity and cannot be released to the wild. They are full winged, captive bred, and parent-reared, so they are not habituated to people other than brief contact for feeding. There are 14 female owls and 22 male owls in the collection, with ages ranging from hatch year 2006 to 2021. The owls were transfered to the Goshawk Society in two groups. The first group consisted of 8 males, ages of hatch year 2010, 2011, and six 2021, with...
These are scientific collections of the USGS Volcano Science Center. The Volcano Science Center is the primary center serving the mission of the USGS Volcano Hazards Program — to enhance public safety and minimize social and economic disruption from volcanic unrest and eruption. The center is home to the five US volcano observatories with offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Menlo Park and Mountain View, California; Vancouver, Washington; and Hilo, Hawaii. Volcano monitoring and research conducted at five U.S. volcano observatories advances our understanding of active volcanism and its impacts, and enables the USGS Volcano Hazards Program to provide information about and warnings of volcanic activity in the United States....
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This database contains a comprehensive inventory of geologic (coral, coral reef, limestone, and sediment) cores and samples collected, analyzed, published, and/or archived by, or in collaboration with, the U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (USGS SPCMSC). The SPCMSC Geologic Core and Sample Database includes geologic cores and samples collected beginning in the 1970s to present day, from study sites across the world. This database can be accessed through the CoreViewer 3.0 ArcOnline web mapping application, linked below. A copy of the data can also be downloaded from the web mapping application and the metadata is accessible through a link in the header of the application, as...
Categories: Collection, Data; Tags: Alabama, Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas, Belize, Biological Collection, All tags...
These are scientific collections managed by the USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC). GECSC researchers conduct multi-purpose geologic mapping and topical scientific studies to address issues concerning geologic, climatic, ecosystem, and land surface changes; human interactions with the environment; and physical, chemical, and biological characterization of the Earth's surface and upper crust.
The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is a national resource for the integration of planetary geoscience, cartography, and remote sensing.
The USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center is one of three centers serving the mission of the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program—the primary Federal marine geology and physical science research program responsible for the Nation’s entire coastal and marine landscape.
These are collections managed by the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center (GEMSC). The GEMSC represents a breadth of programs focused on the USGS mission; the Energy Resources Program, Mineral Resources Program, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, and Environmental Health Programs. GEMSC conducts comprehensive, interdisciplinary research and surveys of the origin, occurrence, distribution, quantity, and composition of oil, gas, coal, minerals, and associated deposits.
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William E. Davies, was born on December 24, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended MIT in 1935 and graduated in 1939 with a degree in geology and a minor in geophysics. After graduating MIT, Davies attended a masters program at Michigan State University, recieving an M.S. in 1941. That same year, Davies entered U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Secound Lieutenant. In August 1949 Davies joined the USGS as a member of the Military Geology Branch. In 1954, Davies sailed to Antarctica aboard the USS Atka for the purpose of selecting suitable sites for a U.S. research station during the International Geophysical Year. Over Davies career more than 200 titles were added to his bibliography. Davies received the Antarctic...
Categories: Physical Item; Tags: ndc_collection
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Since its inception in 1879, the USGS has collected and preserved geoscience data and sample collections, which include millions of paleobiological specimens stored in USGS facilities and at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. As one of the largest paleontological collections in the world, the USGS paleontology collection is invaluable, as many specimens may no longer be collected due to high field collection costs or inaccessibility to sampling sites, which have been restricted, urbanized, or modified via landscape processes. The USGS Denver Paleontology Collection includes ~1.2 million specimens stored in 1000 Smithsonian museum cases. The primary collections...
These are collections managed by the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), part of the Northwest Region of the USGS. Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States and across the U.S. Many of our scientists work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.
These are collections managed by the USGS Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center (GGGSC). GGGSC is based in Denver, Colorado and conducts scientific investigations that answer societally relevant questions with a focus on the Mineral Resources Program. The overall mission of the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center (GGGSC) is to apply expertise in geology, geophysics, and geochemistry to interdisciplinary efforts supporting the USGS mission to address the Nation’s important earth science issues, with emphasis on providing unbiased research and information on mineral resources. Our vision is to make our geoscience knowledge public, and to contribute, in a manner that is useful for formulating...


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